The “five solas” of the Reformation are often seen as uniquely Protestant, and to be sure, most common applications are. But examining the underlying principles of the solas from a Catholic perspective is an important task for Reformed-Catholic reconciliation. And while worthier attempts would fall short of doing justice to even one of these, in this two-part series, we will examine both Soli Deo Gloria and Sola Gratia. We begin by asking, “To Whom is Glory Due?” This seems to be the underlying question of these two components of Protestant theology. Is any aspect of our salvation, no matter how small, due to something other than grace? And if our salvation is due, in some respect, to something other than grace, does that something then share in the glory due to God alone?
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